By Matthew Murphy
In a reverse to the home opener, our Niagara River Lions dominated the majority of their second home game against the Orangeville A’s on January 3rd at the Meridian Centre in St. Catharines. From an 11 point run at the end of the first quarter to take the lead, the A’s would not see themselves ahead until the end of the third.
In typical Niagara fashion the fans erupted in the fourth quarter as Marcus Lewis (G) finished two beautiful dunks, dissecting the A’s defense.
Logan Stutz (F) lead the Lions with 28 points, 13 rebounds, and 4 assists. While, Sammy Zeglinski (PG/SG), battling back from a brutal elbow to the face managed to muster 17 points, 10 assists and 5 rebounds.
I had a chance to talk to Mike Allison (F), who stated that he has struggled offensively but has clearly been a core player when it comes to defense.
“All the guys on the team are great guys and I feel that one of our biggest strengths is that we have a lot of team chemistry. As long as we keep up what we are doing our flow will get better and we will be able to close out these games.”
From the blood on the shorts of Zeglinski, to the valiant effort of Stutz to tie the game in the final seconds, no fan left the Meridian Center in St. Catharines feeling like the River Lions had not left everything on the floor.